How much does a tankless water heater cost?

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Tankless water heaters are typically more expensive to install than standard water heaters.  The cost difference is due to the process to convert from tank to tankless.  Replacing tank water heaters is not difficult but does require a bit more work to retrofit. Time to install A Tankless water heater will take anywhere from 6-10 hours to install depending on the specific requirements and … Read More

Why does my water heater smell?


Wondering why your hot water smells like rotten eggs? The most common odor problem from water heaters is a rotten egg smell that comes out of your faucets and fixtures when running water. This smell is typically caused by sulfate bacteria that can develop within the tank. This issue usually happens when warm water is left too long in the … Read More

How Much Does a Water Heater Cost?

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Cost is one of those questions that everyone has on their mind when making a large purchase – and rightfully so! It tends to be a balance between budget, functionality and fitting your family’s needs. When your water heater breaks, you typically have to make a buying decision quickly because no one wants to go without hot water. We want … Read More

What is a Hot Water Recirculating Pump?


Have you ever wondered why your hot water faucet gives you cold water when you first turn it on? Depending on the size of your home, you may wait a few seconds or even minutes for hot water. This is not only inconvenient, but wastes a lot of water. The distance hot water needs to travel is the reason cold … Read More

What Size Hot Water Tank Do I Need?

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heaters consume 14%-25% of a home’s annual energy usage. So when it’s time to install a new hot water heater, it’s important to choose the right size for your home and family’s needs. If you get one that’s too big, then you’ll have a higher water and energy bill due to the … Read More

How Does a Water Heater Work?

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Being a knowledgeable homeowner empowers you to make informed decisions about your home, so it’s important to know the basics about how your water heater works. Knowing even just a few key things about your water heater will help keep it running well and can help you know how to troubleshoot or when it’s time to call a plumber. A … Read More

Why You Should Call a Professional to Install Your Water Heater

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If you’re considering installing a new water heater yourself, you may want to reconsider after you’ve been able to evaluate all of the risks. It’s not a simple project, and the consequences of making mistakes are serious. Just like you probably wouldn’t represent yourself in court or be your own doctor, you shouldn’t install for your own water heater either. … Read More

When To Replace Your Water Heater

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As a homeowner you know that like any appliance, water heaters break down over time and need to be replaced. Replacing your water heater tank before it’s a problem will help saves you time, money and frustrations. Waiting too long can lead to bigger problems like leaks and water damage to your home. So how do you know when it’s … Read More

Tank Vs. Tankless Water Heaters


Tank and Tankless water heaters both provide hot water But what are the pros and cons of each? More and more homeowners are choosing tankless, but is it the right choice for you?  Is it worth the additional installation expense? What really is the difference… they both heat water right?  We’ll explore the pros and cons here in this chapter.  … Read More

Tankless Water Heater Installation Process

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Installing a Tankless Water Heater? We hope we’ve given you enough information in this guide to make an informed decision as to whether a tankless water heater is a good option for you and your family.  Really the only thing left to cover in this guide is what to expect if you choose to replace your hot water heater tank with … Read More

Are Tankless Water Heaters Energy Efficient?

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Are tankless water heaters energy efficient? Yes, but to understand how it impacts you, lets first explore how energy efficiency is determined for water heaters.  Energy efficiency in water heaters is measured as energy factor (EF).  The EF indicates the water heater’s overall energy efficiency.  This is determined by the amount of hot water produced by the water heater per … Read More

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

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What are Tankless Water Heaters? Tankless water heaters have grown in popularity over the years. A lot of new homes now have tankless installed when built. But what exacty is a tankless water heater, is it better than the standard traditional storage tank water heater? We’ll explore those questions and more here in this guide. Wall Mounted Water Heaters A … Read More

Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Rebates Available For Your Home


It’s hard to believe but we are almost through the first month of the year and while many of us are still trying to focus on our New Year’s Resolutions tax season is quickly approaching. It’s time to sharpen your pencils, get your and receipts together. Since taxes are on everyone’s mind these days we thought it would be good to … Read More

How do I know if I need a new water heater?


Imagine coming home after a long, exhausting day of work to find a large puddle of water covering your floor. It’s not a great experience, but it happens all the time.

How to adjust water heater temperature

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Did you know your water heater can cause burns if the temperature is too hot? How do you know if your water heater is too hot? The easiest way to test your water temperature is to run hot water from your faucet for 3 minutes and fill a glass of water. Insert a thermometer into the water and check the … Read More

7 Important Water Heater Safety Tips

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Your water heater delivers hot water that can be adjusted to your comfort level. But, it requires maintenance and care to continue to operate safely. At TLC Plumbing, our water heater technicians take pride in helping you keep your home safe and comfortable. Check out these water heater safety tips to keep your family safe. 

All About the Water Heater

It seems easy enough – we turn on the shower and hot water comes on. But, instant hot water actually has a long history! A Little Hot Water History Before the hot water heater was invented, natural sources like

Water Heaters – Tankless Vs. Tank


With all the talk about going “Green” these days, the debate over tankless vs. tank type water heaters is becoming more a factor in making a decision when replacing that old rusty klunker in the garage.